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September 2017

City of Hope Harvest Ball

September 23 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Benson Hotel, 309 SW Broadway
Portland, 97205 United States
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Arrivederci with Shelly Rudolph

September 26 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Arrivederci Wine Bar, 17023 SE McLoughlin Blvd.
Milwaukie, OR 97267
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STARLIT NIGHT BENEFIT

September 30 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cerimon House, 5131 NE 23rd
Portland, OR United States
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Benefit for Central American Refugees

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October 2017

Multnomah Athletic Club (Private class)

October 3
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First Wednesday @ Wilfs

October 4 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Every First Wednesday!
Wilfs at Union Station, 800 NW 6th Ave at Union Station
Portland, OR United States
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Wilfs at Union Station | Portland Ron Steen "First Wednesday Vocal Jazz Showcase" featuring Tom Grant! 800 N.W. 6th Ave. by Union Station 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM. All ages. Free parking available in the lot across the street.  $10.00 cover charge.  For dinner reservations or information, call 503-223-0070.  See the full calendar here: WILFS.

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Eagle Creek Benefit @ Skamania Lodge

October 7 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Tom Grant & Shelly Rudolph Skamania Lodge is hosting a benefit concert with 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales going to the SW Washington Chapter of the Red Cross. Location: Skamania Lodge Date: Saturday, October 7, 2017 Music By: Tom Grant and Shelly Rudolph Time: 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm (Doors open at 5:00pm) Ticket Price: $10 minimum donation requested.

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Multnomah Athletic Club (Private Event)

October 12 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Allison Inn w/ Margie Gibson

October 13 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Allison Inn & Spa, 2525 Allison Lane
Newberg, OR United States
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Sunday Night Jam at Tommy O’s

October 15 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Sunday, repeating until January 31, 2018

Tommy O’s, 801 Washington St.
Vancouver, WA United States
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Tommy O's is the home of Vancouver's favorite Sunday Night Jazz Jam. Join the Tom Grant Band and special musical guests each week. The music starts at 6:30 in the lounge, 801 Washington St., Vancouver. Call (360) 694-5107 for more info.

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AMNW on KATU(2) with Haley Johnson

October 16 @ 8:00 am - 10:30 am
KATU Studio, NE Sandy Blvd.
Portland, OR United States
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Tune in at 9 am to catch my appearance with Haley Johnsen.  We'll be talking about the upcoming Food for the Soul event, and playing something to brighten up your morning! AMNW airs on KATU (2) from 9-10 am.

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Ten Grands

We just finished doing our 8th consecutive Ten Grands in Seattle.  The Portland one has been going for 15 years.  Whew!  This year’s show was great, both in Portland and Seattle.  Kudos to Michael Allen Harrison for organizing a strong, appealing show.

There were plenty of newbies on the stage in both venues this year.  At the Schnitzer Hall in PDX and at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, we had the fiery classical playing of Colleen Adent, a piano teacher and arranger who was not shy about her rearrangement and slight jazzification of  a staid classical composition.

Boogie Woogie piano abounded in both venues as Michael Kassehammer wowed the Portland audience, and his friend and stylistic brother from the north, Arthur Migliazza showed his own powerful left hand in the idiom.

JJ Guo demonstrated some monster classical technique in both venues and young Mac Potts showed that when it comes to a command of contemporary pop music on piano and vocals he has no peer.  John Nilsen showed off a newly minted original tune (with vocal) that sounded like something from the James Taylor songbook.  Really sweet.

But the killer surprise of the Ten Grands season happened last Friday in Seattle when late in the show, Shannon Cassady was introduced to the sold out crowd at Benaroya. She innocently announced the song as “Toccata by Emma Lou Diemer,” a title, mind you, that gave no hint of the musical maelstrom that was to follow. Shannon  started her piece with shocking dissonances created by minor-second intervals, hands close together with a fiery intro that announced to the stricken crowd…”this will be no ordinary classical piece.”

Shannon proceeded with more fierce note clusters and breathtaking, percussive non-harmonies  in a piece that was unlike anything we’d seen in two iterations of this year’s show.  She finished the event with some careful string strumming and manipulations from inside the piano itself. It was brave and wonderful.

I asked her later backstage if that piano string strumming was notated in the music itself and she pulled the sheet music out then and there to show me the strange mystical markings that looked like no music notation i had ever seen. The audience reaction was big, and although some might have been perplexed, one thing is for sure.  This was one of the most audacious performances I’ve seen in 15 years of Ten Grands.

And at sixteen years of age, I say you go brave girl!

 

 

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